Rev. Jesse Jackson tweets Congressman Darrell Issa is a racist

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SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2014 — “Congressman Darrell Issa’s behavior was crude, wrong, racist and mean towards Congressman Elijah Cummings. Do you agree?”

Those were the tweeted words of long time popular civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson. Was he reacting to a racial slur? Was he protesting the introduction of a bill to bring back Jim Crow?

Jackson may think he follows in the tradition of the Rev. Martin Luther King, but this particular protest wasn’t about Civil Rights. It’s not that the incident isn’t important in its own right — it is, but not for the reasons Jackson suggests.

His tweet was in reaction to an intense moment on Capital Hill.

Immediately following former IRS official Lois Lerner’s second round of “testimony” before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, all hell broke loose between  Committee Chairman  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and the committee’s lead Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.)

Lerner was in charge of the IRS division that delayed or stifled non-profit, tax-exempt status to applicants representing Tea Party groups, pro-life organizations, or other conservative causes. After she herself came clean and admitted to singling out these groups, Lerner did an about-face by asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege instead of answering questions at a 2013 congressional hearing. Later on, she resigned her post.

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Lerner was recalled before the same committee last Wednesday. Her attorney, William Taylor had promised something much different in anticipation of her “second coming.” Instead, every person in the room experienced something like deja vu. Lerner once again pleaded the Fifth. In fact, she pleaded it again and again by answering every question the same:

“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,”

Chairman Issa was not going to stand for such a mockery of the hearings. Instead of allowing Lerner to act out more repeat performances than Le Miserables, he started to adjourn the meeting.

But this ending turned out to be a new beginning as the room was treated to another performance, this time from Congressman Elijah Cummings.

“Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this,” Cummings said sharply.

Issa did not seem interested in hearing more. Cummings continued only to find his mic muted.

“We’re adjourned,” Issa said obviously annoyed and disappointed in Lerner’s refusal to cooperate.

“I don’t care,” Cummings continued. “The fact is I am asking a question. I am the ranking member of this committee and I want to ask a question! What are we hiding? What’s the big deal? May I ask my question? May I make my statement?”

Finally Issa permitted Cummings to ask his question but the exchange morphed into argument about whether Cummings was really asking something or simply looking for an excuse too speak.

At this point, the committee’s  Republicans walked away to the sound of hisses and boo’s from Democrats.

Issa himself stayed behind but not for long. He allowed Cummings one more chance to prove that he had a genuine question.

Cummings responded to the opportunity by saying, “If you will sit down and allow me to ask a question. I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America! I am tired of this! We have members over here each who represent 700,000 people! You cannot just have a one-sided investigation. There is absolutely something wrong with that and this is absolutely un-American.”

Issa replied, “We had a hearing. It was adjourned. I gave you an opportunity to ask a question. You had no question.”

Then he too darted out of the room.

This was a bad day for our country. It demonstrated a complete breakdown in a system where both parties are supposed too put their biases aside and work for the common good.

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But that particular problem is not what upset Jackson. The default setting of Jackson’s agenda is to accuse people of racism, racism, or more racism.

It’s amazing how Jackson finds racist motives simply because a white man (Issa) and an African-American (Cummings) have a disagreement. Is it possible that Issa was concerned about other things? Aren’t liberals the ones always lecturing conservatives about how they should stop being so simple minded and instead deal with the nuances and complexities of life?

Wednesday’s madness represented quite a bit of complexity, the overlapping of many important issues.

We are talking about an IRS out of control, with possible links to the While House. Then, we have the Justice Department which seems to show microscopic interest.

There are legal questions: The last time Lerner went before this committee, she first insisted she was innocent of any wrong doing and then took the Fifth. Can she testify to her innocence only to then claim the right to remain silent? Lawyers are haggling over that question.

As for there being no love lost between Issa and Cummings, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to explain Issa’s behavior. Issa was annoyed because for the second time, Lois Lerner wasted the time and money of taxpayers. As a result, he was not interested in listening to Cummings pontificate once again about the unfairness of the hearings.

None of this matters to Jesse Jackson. Racism! That’s what it is! And whereas Jackson invited his Twitter followers to offer their own opinions, he himself was not sharing an opinion.  No, this was a fact. This was racism, period.

That’s one way to look at it. Or maybe the more appropriate word would be “race baiter.” Yes, Jackson is a race baiter. His tweet was shameless and despicable.  

Many Americans will see it that way. If they’re Republicans or other types of conservatives, they too will be called “racist.” If Chairman Issa is a racist for challenging Congressman Cummings, than obviously anyone who challenges a civil rights leader such as Rev. Jackson is also racist, even if such a challenger enthusiastically supports the likes of Herman Cain, Alan West, Ben Carson, Mia Love and Condoleezza Rice.

It doesn’t matter. Today’s definition of racist is, “anyone who dares to speak against liberal agendas, Democratic politicians, or Democratic controlled divisions of our federal government.”

This is a tragedy.  It waters down the word racist  to the point where people no longer take it seriously. Ironically, this enables the real racists. As in the story of the boy who cried wolf, the next time a man like Jackson discovers real honest-to-goodness racism, he may find that his cries of justice are no longer being taken seriously.

In any event, racism is only one example of many evils. Jackson’s tweet distracts from this current IRS scandal which every citizen, black or white, Democrat or Republican, should be taking seriously.

This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.

Bob Siegel is a radio talk show host and columnist. Information about his radio show can be found at

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A graduate of Denver Seminary and San Jose State University, Bob Siegel is a radio talk show host and popular guest speaker at churches and college campuses across the country, using a variety of media including, seminars, formal debates, outdoor open forums, and one man drama presentations. In addition to his own weekly radio show (KCBQ 1170, San Diego) Bob has been a guest on many other programs, including The 700 Club, Washington Times Radio's Inside the Story, The Rick Amato Show, KUSI Television's Good Morning San Diego, and the world popular Jonathan Parkradio drama series, for which Bob guest starred in two episodes and wrote one episode, The Clue From Ninevah. In addition to CDN, Bob is a regular contributor for San Diego Rostra. Bob does a good deal of playwriting as well (14 plays & 5 collaborations), including the award winning, Eternal Reach. Bob has also published books of both fiction and non-fiction including; I'd Like to Believe In Jesus, But...and a fantasy novel, The Dangerous Christmas Ornament.
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  • Susan Fazzini

    Oh shut the hell up Jessie your not even liked in chi town anymore go fall off cliff

    • goofy

      Like jesse or not he was right and dont reign hell fire down on me i live in sc the n word is still used regularly here. make no mistake issa is a racist ahole

      • nordic templar

        Issa is Lebanese. You moron

      • BENNYT.


        • LiberalGilt

          BTW…in a recent poll, blacks said there own people were more racist than white.

          • laawae

            ..and they have no reason to be .

          • motorfingaz

            WTF? I guess your whiteness is speaking from a white point of view?

          • STFUTWIT

            Now, THAT IS racist………this will help your boo-hooing

          • laawae

            Who says I’m white?

          • motorfingaz


          • LiberalGilt

            yes, you are


        Other than being a total idiot, I have no good words for you. So the Repubs are always in jail? You should get a life and learn the facts you junior grade moron. Jesse is one of the biggest racist’s on this earth. Don’t forget his son is in prison also and it’s not because he was being good or doing good deeds. You can now go crawl back in your hole and pull the dirt in after yourself.

      • Terry King

        Funny…I’m from Mississippi and the times I ever hear the “N” word, it is coming from black morons, you ignorant troll.

      • falling321

        Goofy, the ‘N’ word is widely used everywhere….just get close to any group of black’s or turn your radio to a rap channel and you’ll get an ear full of it!

    • LiberalGilt

      when he dies we still will have to deal with Sharpton..but who’s coming up the road after that clown kicks the bucket?

  • Liam Connaughton

    Of course he does . . . he wouldn’t have a career if he didn’t regularly accuse people of racism. How’s his son doing . . . enjoying his government pension no doubt.

    • goofy

      His sons in prison . you know the place where more repub politicians end up than any other party. lol. gotta love those lying cheating evil sons of witches

      • LiberalGilt

        his son’s a democrat

        And in modern time, the democrats have more convicted prison serving politicians than Republicans to a tune of 44 to 36.

        Facts hurt don’t they, liar.

      • JasonMason

        LOL, you just make up “facts” and throw them out to bolster your opinion. Sad and pathetic…

      • Boudreaux

        William Jefferson…Democrat in jail (remember the congressman who had over $200k in his freezer?), former mayor of New Orleans going to jail also…..

      • STFUTWIT

        And your an idiot….its Democrats that are in prison….GOOFY M.F.

  • CharlesSchlaff

    Humm–biggest racist in the world that needs to try to divide racial barriers further to make himself feel important.
    Now this idiot racist needs to look at his own life and quit cheating on his wife and teach his kids not to steal from the public.
    A racist will always use the race card, not to mention he is trying to stick up for another racist–these scum bags are getting old though and reverse of what Oprah said but to the same point–I cant wait till these old racist die so the world will be a better place.

    • goofy

      Charles is a racist please note the barely veiled venom. I think i felt some spittle fly by

      • jaggernut

        Goofy………you are just goofy. Charles, like so many of us, are pretty darn sick of these poor excuse for men trying to keep the race wars alive and kicking so they can have a meal ticket. In the first place, this was a staged rant to divert the attention away from the 2nd time Lois Lerner hid behind the 5th. I ask YOU, what is this woman hiding?

        • SouthernVaDude

          If shes refusing to answer questions about her job or how it was performed I really hope shes not getting some retirement check the IRS.

          • LiberalGilt

            did you see her facelift?

          • De

            She had a facelift! Lol

          • De

            She is getting a six figure pension, paid by the tax payer. I know…..and agree.

      • Carol Marie

        goofy is a racist…….. i said it, so it MUST be true

        • joegray

          It’s on the internet too! they can’t put it on the internet if it isn’t true!

          • Carol Marie

            yes – exactly!! lol

        • LiberalGilt

          We don’t serve orange people here

      • BillyDe ”°º×»-(¯`v´¯)-» ♥ ♥

        You’re a goofy alcoholic lesbian.

      • STFUTWIT

        Like any one can take anything serious from user ID of GOOFY…….LMMFAO, Now…..STFU-TWIT

    • LiberalGilt

      You forgot a couple other things — he called NY hymie town and got away with it.
      AND his entire career is based on a lie — that he was at MLK’s side when he was shot. He wasn’t. He smeared blood on his scarf and lied about it

  • Tyler

    Jesse is desperate to regain relevance. Like his counterpart, Al Sharpton, he has become a living anachronism. Useless. Of zero value to society.

    • goofy

      Jesse was right ya racist jackleg

  • pbob67

    R.S. Helms accuses Rev? Jessie Jackson of being a racist…. (Just like the Race baiter Jackson, it really did not mean a flipping thing they don’t care I am unimportant and no one knows me, !)…. My point is … no one really cares… it is a great post, but Jackson/Cummings? and race baiters are a product of antiquity.

  • Jimbo

    Just another race pimp making his living off of the less intelligent.

  • Leadman

    I bet he hollers racism in his sleep.It’s what he does.

  • DaTrollMon

    How are you liking that post racial America out there? Mmmm Mmm Mmm.

  • Roots Squared

    Bob what you have just done is clearly worse than what Mr. – Rev. Jackson has done, study to show yourself approved a workman rightly dividing the word of TRUT H. Yor on’t believe in JESUS but… who’s your Father

  • pamdix

    His notoriety would stop if papers would quit printing this kind of thing. Anyone with intelligence ignores him.

  • goofy

    Bob is full of religious right rhetoric same thing as bulls###

    • Thom Paine

      From Alinskyite trash, that doesnt mean much. Get out of Moms basement ,it may help.

    • Tom Winegar

      Hey goofy, some more of that liberal tolerance we hear so much about?

  • James Sweitzer

    Issa must be doing something right then !

  • BuffaloBillie

    Jesse needs to start preaching to his church-goers and begin heeding what the good book says instead of always trying to start up some hate. If he were a true Christian, he would have tried to get racism removed from our country. As it is, he and Obama simply make it fester worse and worse.

  • Jimmie1151

    That criminal thug Issa is worse than a racist.

  • LOL… oh that is getting hilarious… a professional racist calling a republican a racist:) What’s new:)

  • SouthernVaDude

    Absolutely Jesse Jackson is as Racist as anyone and will never be a Martin Luther King …Just waiting for Al Sharpton to jump on.

    • Thom Paine

      Sharpton is probably too busy trying to figure out how he will pay his past due taxes ,when the Republicans take over! But just like a Marxist he still has said that in his opinion, “The rich dont pay enough taxes”! The level of hypocrisy out of the cultural marxist left never ceases to amaze me.

  • 2tor

    Pot, meet kettle. I didn’t see ol JJ saying anything about all the racism coming from Holder or Obama lately, guess he only sees out of one eye.

    • SouthernVaDude

      Yeah his Left one lol

  • Shane Yoss

    The most outspoken racist man alive loves to call every white person racist. HEY JJ! YOUR SKIN TONE MEANS NOTHING TO ME! I JUST THINK YOU ARE A PIECE OF GARBAGE WHO WANTS TO KEEP RACISM ALIVE.

  • Matthew Richardson

    To Jackson, “racism” is a hammer and every white person looks like a nail. I don’t see how the man is relevant anymore. For the sake of the Civil Rights Movement and MLKs good name, we should all kindly as Jesse to keep quiet and retire.

  • Independent200

    Jackson is the racist, period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thom Paine

    Jackson is a racist,marxist scumbag. He would not make it thru my county in one piece and his race would have little if anything to do with it. The gloves are coming off real soon here in the US now. When they do ,the Alinsky loving left wont be singing “cumbayea” for long.. High time for real change.

  • BENNY T.


    • LiberalGilt

      Lois Liar

  • stuart1648

    Just wondering…have there been similar instances of White chairmen cutting off White committee members? Im defintely no expert but Ive never seen such a thing. I cant help but think that there is some truth to Jackson’s charge.

    • Sam Kunz

      All the time it happens. Its just if a black person has it done, it’s automatically racist.

      • stuart1648

        pls send a citation or link;I ve read that Issa later apologized publically and personally so it cant be that common

        • Alderene

          Actually Waxman tried to have Issa physically removed from a similar hearing a few years ago.

  • bobcchicago

    Jessie Jackson–

    You are not a ‘real’ reverend but you are a racist. Why don’t you spend your time taking care of the baby that you had outside of your marriage. Or perhaps you could pray with your son Jr. who is waiting to go into the slammer when his wife gets out of the slammer. Over the years you are the only one who has profited while blacks have not. The only question that I have for you is who is the biggest poverty pimp – you or Al Sharpton.

  • Sam Kunz

    Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as
    “Hymietown” in January 1984 during a conversation with a black
    Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson had assumed the
    references would not be printed because of his racial bond with Coleman,
    but several weeks later Coleman permitted the slurs to be included far
    down in an article by another Post reporter on Jackson’s rocky relations
    with American Jews.

  • William Fuzi

    Two things that I have noticed; Jessie Jackson’s name is preceded by the word reverend, And all he does is launch false accusations. Now this is going to get a bit religious, but with the title reverend that shouldn’t be a problem for him. In the first book of the bible, God explains how evil the accuser is. It is the story with Eve in the garden with the serpent. The serpent accused God of lying to Eve. the serpent told Eve that god was just trying to keep her down, and didn’t want her to know the ways of the world. The serpent convinced Eve of Gods lie; by proving she wouldn’t be harmed by the fruit, so she ate it, and disobeyed God. God never claimed the fruit would harm them. He told them not to partake of the fruit. That is one reason the devil is known as the accuser. It is also why number nine in the ten commandments is thou shall not bear false witness. False accusations are right up there with thou shall not kill. The Rev. Jessie Jackson should know better. False accusations are the devils work. Jessie may not be the devil, but he uses the tools of the devil.

  • le riley

    Jessie J. is the biggest racist that this world has ever known. He and Al sharpton has divided the races and more harm has been done by both of them.They have caused more damage than the civil war. All these two are doing, is trying to line their pockets! They need to study history and find out that a black man in Africa was the first slave owner who later, sold families to people in America!!

  • micmin

    These stupid made up racist accusations, has gotten to the point, that it is NO LONGER a bad word. I hope the accusers are happy.

  • Bruce

    ‘Reverend’ Jessie and ‘Reverend’ Al has no skills whatsoever to contribute, so they make a living preaching hate. Works all the time and the results are immediate.

  • Shirley Ujest

    “There is another class of coloured people who
    make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the
    Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a
    living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of
    advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because
    it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances,
    because they do not want to lose their jobs.” ~ Booker T. Washington

  • Carol Marie

    jesse “hymietown” jackson has spoken……….HAHAHAAA

  • nana

    just crawl back under your rock…you, sir, are the most racist person in this world.

  • LiberalGilt


    Pot Calls Kettle Black

  • Suzy Hall

    Jesse Jackson is a clown!

  • Craig Joy

    Racism is very alive n America only an idiot would say its not. It has become more prevalent since obama has become president. It has awakened the south……the south shall rise again……..its call the tea party

  • tarbox62

    I still say James Earl Ray missed his target.

  • Larry Bavaro

    want to shut him up? Ask him who isn’t a racist.

  • Blanca

    Is there ANYONE Jesse Jackson DOESN’T think is racist?
    I guess the only way he can stay in the news in to keep calling everyone a racist.

  • newhope4all

    Can you agree that Issa is at least “crude, rude and mean”? Or is this the way you would behave or teach your children to behave?

    • If a person can not obey the rules sometimes you must be aggressive or throw the rules out the window like Progressives do!

    • lori58

      well issa was threatned with being removed from the chamber by a dem………..was that racism on the dems part too……as u know well that issa is not a white man..

  • This guy is a very sad example of Progressive rot.

  • TboneJones

    wow… the writer of the articles needs to stick to the facts…and the comments here… just as bad

  • Wendy Dietze

    Race baiter Jesse Jackson is a Race Baiter

    • Tom Winegar

      Just as bad, has a daughter out of wedlock and hides her for years so he won’t look like a hypocrite.

  • bikerdogred1

    Did Jesse ever get rid of that coke bottle he was holding while he was running all over Africa.

  • LibertyNow

    There you go again, Rev! Your ability to find an issue to capitalize on has been dimished, so you picked a new one…rather weak. It is obvous you are th racist, and this country of hard working peiople of all colors and backgrounds are pretty sick of you trying to make a buck off racism. By the way, have you done anything to rehabilitate your son recently?

  • Brian Pottorff

    This author only tells half the story about Lerner when he says she singled out conservative groups for scrutiny. She also singled out liberal groups using key words. That is, she was only doing her job. It would be nice if this author didn’t use deception to pump up the story.

  • Connie

    Jessie Jackson aren’t you dead yet. Jackson is the most racial person in this country.

  • whatpassesforjournalism

    I stopped reading at “capital hill.”

  • Tom Winegar

    Jackson has zero credibility and his po’ me cry of racist, racist, racist just doesn’t hold water. What do you call someone who, lives on the backs of others?

  • daFool

    The Democrat Party would cease to exist without race bating and without perpetuating poverty…… that is their core….. we know the race baiters twist and lie for political gain, but for those who believe the lies and take the bait, there is no excuse……..

    • Tom Winegar

      If Democrats were politically educated that party would cease to exist.

  • Tom Winegar

    Maybe we should do what so many blacks have done already and ignore the fool.

  • BillyDe ”°º×»-(¯`v´¯)-» ♥ ♥

    Blacks never do anything wrong. White men are evil. The End.

  • motorfingaz

    A bullsh*t piece written by an ignorant writer.

  • Tewana Secumbah

    Without race, he has no relevance!

  • Gerry Emery

    So what else is new? The bigot can’t think of an intelligent thing to say, so he always pulls out the race card, even if it is nowhere near being applicable. If he wasn’t working so hard to keep racism alive, he’d have to go get a REAL job! MLK would be rolling in his grave if he knew these two idiots had become what they are.

  • caw1957

    I am surprised this is news but I am happy to see it, as I have seen it before when a person with light skin has a disagreement with a darker skinned person the darker skinned or someone with darker skin accuses the lighter skinned person of racism. It is as far as I am concerned it is a ridiculous charge. People of all upbringings have disagreements it does not matter the color of ones skin.


    Well…..SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!! No…..not at all coming from Jackoff Jackson…..racists are the ones that scream it first….

  • 18square

    What a pig.

  • Paul Singh

    As a racist statement I believe Louis Lerner needs to be held in contempt of congress. From one White man about a white woman, she needs to spend some time in jail if she feels she doesn’t need to cooperate.

  • jhsif

    Jesse jackson is a RACIST! He is a bigot! As well as every black person that utters the dreaded N word! How does it FEEL liberals?! Apparently going after WHITE liberal women who just happen to be ehad of the IRS and responsible for it, is racism somehow! Is the signpost up ahead going to say the twilight zone or soemething?!

  • Jeffrey Olah

    maybe Issa is a racist because more times than not people like Jesse Jackson smell their own

  • Steve Tanton

    Nope, I do not agree. Jesse Jackson is the racist.

  • falling321

    Jackson is worse than a joke…he should be in jail right beside his son right now! And anyone who thought he WOULDN’T call Issa a racist is a fool! Apparently all that is required for someone to be labeled a racist today is to disagree with someone who is black….or is just having white skin enough?